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1. The Alternatives
(27░43.84'N, 34░11.93'E)
A chain of flat topped reefs, also known as 'seven pinnacles'. Best dive around third and fourth where current sweeps through feeding pristine corals with bright vivid colours. 'Stingray Station' lies at the western extremity of the Alternatives, an irregular reef owes its name to the gathering of stingrays in March-April. Often sightings of a leopard shark.

2. Wreck of Dunraven (27░42.15'N, 34░07.30'E)
At the southern extreme of 'Shaab Mahmoud' lies the wreck of the 72m English steamer sunk in 1876 on its way to Bombay. The hull lies upside down and is totally covered in corals (max. depth 29m). Morays, groupers and schools of glassfish and goatfish inside.

3. Small Passage (27░43.91'N, 34░05.86'E)
Small split in midway of Shaab Mahmouds barrier. The tide empties and fills the inner lagoon twice daily, thus creating strong currents that promote an impressive explosion of life. Brilliant soft corals and resident flashlight fish also make it a premier night dive location - weather permitting.

4. Wreck of SS Thistlegorm (27░49.90'N,33░55.23'E)
Most famous wreck in the Red Sea. The 129m English freighter was bombed by German aviation in 1941, fully loaded with supplies and arms for troops in North Africa. Has created an artificial reef on a flat sandy bottom, home to a large variety of marine life and schooling fish - max. depth 31m.

5. Shag Rock (27░45.50'N, 33░53.30'E)
Large circular reef offering excellent diving on pristine coral reefs from any location on its perimeter. The sheltered southern point is the most dived location offering the opportunity for drifts along the west or east boundaries.

6. Wreck of Sarah H.
Weather permitting the northern point hosts the wreck of the 'Sarah H.' just below the surface (max. depth 12m). Large schools of yellow goatfish, oriental sweetlips and regularly patrolled by palargics.

7. Bluff Point (27░40.07'N, 33░48.32'E)
At the gate of the Straits of Gubal, 'Bluff Point' draws its name from the turbulance created by strong currents that beat the eastern most wall of the island. Huge fan corals cover an impressive drop off with caves and glassfish. Often sightings of turtles and napolean fish.

8. Abu Nuhas
Also named the 'Ships Graveyard', houses several wrecks on a sandy seafloor at the bottom of a steep sloping coral reef layered with table corals:

Gianus D. (27░34.71'N, 33░55.41'E)
Greek freighter that hit the reef in 1983. Most dived wreck leaning to port with a fully intact stern section. Impressive engine room packed with glassfish. Be weary of numerous lionfish, scorpianfish and strong surges in and around the wreck in rough weather - max. depth 27m.

Carnatic (27░34.81'N, 33░55.63'E)
An old English steamer which sank in 1869. In stark contrast to the other more modern wrecks in design and fully encrusted in hard and soft corals - max. depth 27m.

Sea Star (27░34.92'N, 33░55.76'E)
Sank in 1976, fully laden with stone floor tiles. Early morning divers may find a white tip reef shark sleeping under the rudder at the stern. Be weary of very limited and small entry/exit points into the engine room - max. depth 25m.

Chrisoula K (27░34.98'N, 33░55.88'E)
Struck the reef in 1981. Lying completely on its starboard side exposing its huge hull on one side and gaping cargo holds on the other. Large morays live in the scattered remains of wreckage on the starboard side and batfish circle the top side - max. depth 31m.

9. Yellowfish Reef (27░33.99'N, 33░56.01'E)
A group of three small reefs and outlying pinnacles on the inside of Abu Nuhas lagoon offering a superb landscape filled with schools of yellowfishes like goat, butterfly, banner and oiental sweetlips which give its name.

10. Shaab Umm Usk (27░34.99'N, 33░53.25'E)
A large horseshoe shaped reef shelters a shallow lagoon and offers good shallow diving on coral gardens at either point. Further around the southern reef exterior provides a steep coral encrusted wall sloping to 40+m. Playful bottlenose dolphins inside lagoon at times.

11. Blind Reef
An Isolated reef south of Siyul Island, with good diving on its north side. Soft coral, whip coral, glassfish bommies and turtles often found.

12. Siyul Kebira
The north eastern point offers a plateau which slopes gently from 10m to 30+m. Sharks and large rays often sighted in the deeper water, with schools of oriental sweetlips and masked butterflies in the shallows.

 

 

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